GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright visited Grand Rapids Tuesday, discussing the United States' relationships with other nations and offering advice for young women.
Albright, who served under former President Bill Clinton, walked through the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum that now displays more than 200 of her pins. She says the jewelry communicates her moods and intentions.
As Sen. John Kerry -- who was confirmed as secretary of state Tuesday -- is set to take over, Albright looked ahead.
"The President is putting together a really good team, but there are many challenges from all over, in many ways a world that is much more complicated," she said.
She pointed the several issues that she called "hot spots" for the new secretary, including Mali, Algeria and the nation's evolving relationship with China.
"I think he has many big challenges," Albright said. "Iran is a challenge and where they're going on their nuclear program. I do think that Syria is obviously a huge challenge because of the effect that it can have on the whole region."
Albright, a feminist, also offered advice to young women.
"Young women and older women have a tendency never to interrupt in a meeting and wait to be called on," she said. "My advice is to interrupt and if you're going to interrupt, then you have to know what you're talking about, and you have to work really hard and a good education and a good determination."
Albright's pin exhibit includes the golden snake pin she wore after Saddam Hussein's government called her a serpent. The exhibit will be on display at the Ford Museum until April 21.
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